Macavity! by T. S. Eliot

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Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year The slippery exploits of Macavity, just one of the much-loved cats from the classic Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, is vividly captured in the cheerful illustrations in this picture-book version. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Macavity! by T. S. Eliot

One of the best-loved poems from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is given a new life in this stunning picture book with illustrations from Arthur Robbins that perfectly convey all the wit and humour of Eliot's creation.

The picture books taken from Old Possum's Cats include -

Mr Mistoffelees The Conjuring Cat
Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat


‘I love MaCATity.’ (Me – It’s Macavity.) ‘Yes that’s what I said, MaCATity, because he looks like my cat and he is a very very funny naughty naughty cheat. And my name is on the cover (Arthur Robins).’ Robin, age 4, and mum, Donna

‘This was fun to read to my little sister. I read the story and she shouted “Macavity’s not there!” a lot and in her loudest voice.’ Hal, age 11

‘We loved this book! We read it once, then Hazel asked me again the next day to read the story about the cat “they can’t find”.’ Hazel, age 4, and mum, Shona

‘I like the funny police dog and the naughty cat!’ Otto, age 6

‘All the cats are naughty, aren’t they – but Macavity is the naughtiest.’ Seb, age 4

About the Author

T. S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of an old New England family. He was educated at Harvard and did graduate work in philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Merton College, Oxford. He settled in England in 1915, where he was for a time a schoolmaster and a bank clerk, and eventually literary editor for the publishing house Faber & Faber, of which he later became a director.

He published his first book of poems in 1917.

He founded and, during the seventeen years of its publication (1922-1939), edited the exclusive and influential literary journal Criterion. In 1927, Eliot became a British citizen and about the same time entered the Anglican Church.

Eliot received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 0 to 5


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

1st May 2014




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